PHOTO Premiere—Hai KotTou by Scotty So
Scotty So is a Melbourne based artist who works across media, using painting, photography, sculptures, site-responsive installation, videos and drag performance. Driven by the thrill of camp, he explores the often-contradictory relationship between humour and sincerity within lived experience. In an exclusive, Scotty shares new images from his series Hai KotTou.
“Hai KotTou is my latest project and emphasises vanity and beauty through the use of ripped-off monogram prints on Cheongsam and grocery trolleys. Growing up in a working-class family in Hong Kong, I saw my grandmother using the grocery trolleys and wearing a glamorous fake Burberry scarf at the wet market. Inspired by the beauty of the scarf and the spirit of hard work, I created this collection of photographs in which I dressed in all fake items from each brand with a matching grocery trolley echoing the head-to-toe monogram trend of the new money in Asia.
“Through these works, I hope to reflect the idea of reference and appropriation, ripoff and making fake, swapping the role of inspiration from fashion to the exotic to reimagine fashion items as if western clothings is not the daily clothing of contemporary time. I am pleased to share new images from the series below.”